Even if my news of music is at times quiet it is with great pleasure for me when someone finds a picture on my blog that means something to them and one such picture, a few months ago may feature somebody’s great aunt and uncle. So it carries on it’s journey this time for Portobello Road to California.
February seeps with sadness; I wish to thank David Baron once again because without him I wouldn’t be writing this and there would be no music. Without the support of his family too I would be nowhere. Mark Beech who writes for Bloomberg amongst other publications gave ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’ one of his top albums of the year along with Lana Del Rey. Click here for the article which came out in December 2012. It really was a highlight of last year to receive such an accolade and be compared to so many established artists especially as I did struggle to get it out there and largely failed!!
I focus on some postcards now; Norway place of my ancestry.
The light is returning. It is Valentines Day.
I have been away and I’m so lucky. I have been away a lot. I have been flying from the attic.
- I have never had the pleasure of a boyfriend giving me a piggyback.
That above is my kind of love!
Put a light in the window…
Then come over to my place…
Anyway, I then searched through some old singles and found some studs:
And some recipes for the evening:
Anyhoo…back to music! I saw the wonderful Simi Stone playing with Simone Felice and Conor Oberst at the Barbican last Monday. It was great to hang out with her and the band afterwards. She is recording a solo album with David Baron which I am very excited about:
I missed Viv Albertine by about two hours which was a shame (she was finished by 7.30pm!!) because I particularly like her song ‘Couples Are Creepy’! Anyway, it was fantastic apparently.
I went to see Rupert Everett in ‘The Judas Kiss’ the play about Oscar Wilde. It was all about unrequited love. Such a bummer unrequited love. It was great to see a play as I hadn’t been for so long!
So I’m playing Norwich Fashion Week: Latitude and Knightshift Dance Company presents in March which I’m very excited about hopefully with Louise Dodds who has just finished her own album which I’m looking forward to hearing. I have no other performances scheduled at the moment. The main reason being the struggle I have with transportation and the need to concentrate on the day job. I wish I could shrink my keyboard and fold my guitar into pieces. I wish I was light but I am very very heavy man!
I am finishing the track ‘Hold It’ on Friday back in the studio and I’m writing over some tracks with Anthony Phillips and have an idea to record very simply in the next few months. I’ve found a place that might just be the ticket. It would be almost like recording at home. I have no long term plan. I just want to write more.
I’m looking forward to hearing David Bowie’s new album! Zac Alford who played on quite a few of the tracks on my new album kept it very quiet. He really is a phenomenal drummer and long time player with Bowie. I still can’t thank enough all the musicians who helped me with ‘Good Fortune, Bad Weather’.
Here’s a mysterious postcard from Italy. It’s so extraordinary the stories that lie behind the pictures.